BEST LAID PLANS: Emerald couple, Jay and Sally Edwards, opted to head to Rockhampton for the birth of baby Bronx. Photo: The Morning Bulletin
BEST LAID PLANS: Emerald couple, Jay and Sally Edwards, opted to head to Rockhampton for the birth of baby Bronx. Photo: The Morning Bulletin

Price to pay for peace of mind

SALLY Edwards was born at Emerald Hospital and had her heart set on keeping the tradition alive with the birth of her first child.

But the uncertainty surrounding maternity services and fears complications could arise from the size of her baby led Sally and her husband Jay to a costly decision.

After having all her pre-natal care in Emerald, Sally packed her bags and headed to Rockhampton for the final two weeks of her pregnancy.

“At Emerald, they told me they just didn’t feel safe to deliver me there without having someone permanently there,” she said.

“I was scared, and quite annoyed.

“I wanted to have my baby in Emerald because that’s where all my friends and family were.”

While Jay stayed and worked in Emerald, Sally sat alone in a motel room in Rockhampton costing $80 a night. Add on another $1000 for the services of Dr Roopnarinesingh at the Mater Hospital, and Sally says there’s an easy $2000 gone the couple hadn’t budgeted for.

“The Base Hospital was awful,” said Sally of her decision to go private.

“You’re just like a number and they didn’t seem to care about you at all; nothing like the ladies at Emerald Hospital.

“The only reason Jay made it for the birth was we knew we had an induction date.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it if he wasn’t there, because of the support you need around you.

“Jay was awesome.”

Sally was induced on Friday night. That didn’t work.

The doctors tried again on Saturday, and after 15 hours of labour she was rushed in for an emergency caesarean.

Bronx Edwards was born safety at 1.15am on Sunday, and the family is looking forward to coming home today.

“I think I’d come back to Rockhampton if I decided to have any more, as far from my mind as it is at the moment,” said Sally.


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